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    • G07F11/00Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles
    • G07F11/02Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles from non-movable magazines
    • G07F11/04Coin-freed apparatus for dispensing, or the like, discrete articles from non-movable magazines in which magazines the articles are stored one vertically above the other
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SPECIFICATION forming part el' Letters Patent No. 374,297, dated December 6, 1887.

Application filed August 10,1886, Serial No. 210,539.

(No model.) Patented iu England September 52, 1885, No. 10,406; in Germany July 20, 1886, No. 39,327; in France July 28, 1886, No. 177,649; in Belgium August 8, 1886, No. 74,091; in Victoria August 16, 1886, No. 4,6272; in Canada Aurust 20, 1886, No. 24,765; in India September 10/21, 1886, No. 1,192; in Italy September 30, 1886, XX, 20,512, XLI; 31; in Austria-Hungary October 31, 1886, No. 30,913 and No. 55,716; in Cape of Good Hope November 1, 1886, No. 367/6/595; in South Australia November 4, 1886, No. 736 in Tasmania November 6, 1886, No. 435/9 in Queensland November 8, 1886, No. 1.60; in New Zealand Nove1nberl0,1886, No. 2,107 in Spain November 20, 1886, No. 10,116; in New South lVa-les December 2:2, 1886, No. 1,970; in Brazil January B, 1887, No. 424; in the Argentine Republic January 19, 1887, No. 568; in Natal February 22, 1887,- iu Norway February 26, 1887, No. 40S; in Luxemburg AprilQ, 1887, No. 839, and

iu Portugal August 4, 1887, No. 1,157.

To @ZZ whom it may concern.-

Beit known that l, PEROIVAL EVERITT, a subject of the Queen of Great Britain, residing at London, England, have invented new and 5' useful Improvements in Apparatus for Receiving Payment for and for Delivering Prepaid Goods, (patented to me in Great Britain, No. 10,406, A. D. 1885; iu Germany, No. 89,827, dated July 20, 1886; in France, No. 177,649,

1o dated July 28, 1886; in Belgium, No.,74,091, dated August 3, 1886; in Victoria, No. 4,672, dated August 16, 1886; in Canada, No. 24,765, dated August 20,1886; in India, No. 1,192, dated September /21, 1886; in Italy, Vol.

i5 XX, No. 20,512, Vol. XLI, No. 81, dated September 80,` 1886; in Austria-Hungary, Nos.

80,918 and 55,716, dated October 81, 1886; in

Cape of Good Hope, Register No. 867, No. 6/595, dated November 1, 1886; in South Australia, No. 786, dated November 4, 1886; in-

Tasmania, No. 485 9, dated November 6,1886; in Queensland, No. 190, dated November 8, 1886; in New Zealand, No. 2,107, dated November 10, 1886; in Spain, Fol. 57-50, No.

10,116, datedNovember20, 1886; in NeWSouth Wales, Letters of Registration, No. 1,979, dated December 22, 1886; in Brazil, N o. 424, dated January 8, 1887; in Argentine Republic, No. 568, dated January 19, 1887; in Natal, dated 3o February 22, 1887; in Norway, No. 498, dated February 26, 1887; in Luxemburg, No. 889, dated April 28, 1887, and in' Portugual, No. 1,157, dated August 4, 1887,) of which the following is a specification.

This invention relates to further improvements in that class of apparatus for delivering prepaid goods for which Letters Patent were granted to John Glas Sandeman and myself, No. 828,218, dated the 28th day of July, 1885.

'40 In apparatus constructed according to the specification of the said Letters Patent No. 828,218, it has been-@found in practice that al though the apparatus is perfectly successful A when not designedlymisused, articles such as pieces of paper, orange-peel, and other rubbish have been maliciously placed in the slit provided for the admission of the coin, and that in consequence the channel provided for the passage ot' the coins from the slit became blocked, so that if a coin were subsequently 5o inserted in the slit the apparatus would not act and the person attempting to use the apparatus could not obtain the post-card or other article for which he had paid by inserting a proper coin in the slit of the apparatus. It has also. been found that by maliciously manipulating the delivery-slide in a manner which it is not necessary or expedient to state it is occasionally possible to obtain by the insertion of one coin more than one article.

The present improvements have for their object the rendering the apparatus more secure against such misuse.

In carrying out these improvements I construct the improved apparatus substantially 6 3 in the manner described in the specification of the said former Letters Patent, in so far as regards the skeleton frame or box of suitable shape to contain the articles to be delivered, and in which the goods areplaced one on the top of the other, the said skeleton frame or box being placed over a delivery-slide litted with a plate or backing-piece of about the thickness of the article to be delivered, an aperture being provided in front of the box of a size to allow of only one article being drawn out at a time.- The deliveryslide is locked until a coin orvcoius of the proper denomination is or are placed in a slit or slits, when the delivery slide or slides will on an attempt 8o to move it or them out be found to be unlocked and can be moved out when pulled or pushed, whereupon the coin will fall into the moneydrawer as soon as the delivery-slide shall have traveled a sufficient distance to allow of th:` lockingbolt being withheld from falling.

In' order to prevent the blocking of the ap paratus, instead of employing a zigzag verts' cal channel, as described in the specification of the said former Letters Patent, down which thecoin traveled, I now connect with the delivery-slide itself an upright or uprights having fitted to the top part thereof a jaw or support with an opening of a width regulated by the diameter of the coin required to work the apparatus. This jaw or support stands at sueh a distance below the slit through which the coin is introduced that the coin is allowed to fall just far enough to clear the top of the box or apparatus, and is there held sidewise by means of proper guides. Carried by the said upright or uprights is a spindle which runs somewhat behind the coin, and is provided with a finger or trigger which can be caused to press against the said coin. On the said spindle is an arm having a rod hung `on its extremity and extending downward through the delivery-slide and engaging in a series of rack-teeth attached to the frame or box of the apparatus and forming the lock. This rod has a projection on it, the use of which is hereinafter explained. On the side ofthe box and forward of the lock-bolt and the projection thereon is a plate running the same distance as the abovefnamed rack-teeth.

In order to prevent more than one article being procured for the payment ofthe one amount which unlocks the drawer, I combine with the rack what I term a drop-plate in the front of the aperture, (which allows egress for only one article at a time.) This dropplate consists of a plate extending the width of the article to be delivered, and havinga projecting piece or projecting pieces at each end engaging onto a wedge or wedges on the delivery-slide. This drop-plate is free to move up and down in a guide to keep it vertical.

AThe apparatus is fitted with an arrangement similar to the one described in the specifica! tion of the said former Letters Patent for closing, by the action of pulling out the deliveryslide, the slit in which the coin is placed; but I slightly modify the levers, so that should an attempt be made to open the delivery-slide by means of a knife or similar instrument the knife will be nipped, and thus prevent the opening of the drawer.

The arrangement for indicating when the box is empty is also similar to that described in the specification of the said former patent, except that the levers require to be slightly different, owing to the shape of the box.

In order to enable my invention to be fully understood, I will proceed to describe the same by reference to the accompanying drawings, in which Figure l represents a plan of an apparatus for receiving payment for and for delivering prepaid goods constructed according to my present improvements, the said apparatus being shown divided into two portions, one portion being adapted for the delivery of postcards and the other portion for the delivery of a stamped envelope inclosing a blank sheet of note-paper. Fig. 2 represents an elevation of the left-hand side of the same. Fig. 3 represents a vertical section on the line AB of Fig. 1, looking toward the left-hand side of the apparatus; and Fig. 4 represents a portion of the view illustrated in Fig. 3, but showing part of the mechanism in a different position. Figs. 5 and 6 represent a vertical section and a side elevation, partly in section, the sections being taken on the lines C D and E F, respectively, of Fig. I, looking in the same direction as in Figs. 3, 4, 5, and 6. Fig. 7 represents a horizontal section on the crooked line G H of Fig. 3. Fig. 8 represents a vertical section on the crooked line I J of Fig. 3, looking toward the front of the apparatus. Fig. 9 represents a vertical section on thelineK L of Fig. 3, looking in the same direction as in the previous figure. In Fig. l() I have shown my improved apparatus for delivering prepaid goods, with some of the parts somewhat modified, the said figure representing a righthand side elevation, partly in section, the section being taken on the line M N of Fig. 11,which represents a vertical section of part of the apparatus on the crooked line O P of Fig. I0, looking toward the front of the said apparatus. Fig. 12 represents a side elevation, partly in section, the section being taken on the crooked line Q R of Fig. 11, looking in the same direction as in Fig. I0.

Similar letters of reference represent similar or corresponding parts throughout the several figures of the accompanying drawings.

Referring to Figs. l to 9, A represents the case or box of the apparatus, which case or box, as here shown, is substantially the same as that described in the specication of the said former Letters Patent, and is divided by an open partition, w, into two compartments, A and A?. The said compartments A and Az serve to contain the arrangements of mechanism for delivering post-cards and stamped envelopes, respectively, as hereinbefore mentioned. The said arrangements of mechanism in the two compartments A and A2 are similar to each other, with the exception of slight modifications, rendered necessary by reason of the mechanism in the compartment A2 being duplicated to allow of the insertion and operation of two coins instead of one, as is the case with the mechanism in the compartment A. I will therefore, for the sake of simplicity, coniine myself at present to describing the mechanism in the compartment A.

ais the skeleton frame or box, of suitable shape to contain the articles to be delivered and held in position in guides a', and in which frame or box are contained a number of postcards, b, placed one on top of the other. On the top of the pile of cards is placed a hollow weight, b'.

c is the delivery-slide, over which the skeleton frame or box a is placed, the said slide being arranged so as to slide on friction-rollers c.

c is the plate or backingpiece on the delivery-slide c, the said backing-piece c pro- IOO jecting above the surface of the deliveryslide to the extent of about the thickness of one ofv l'the postcards which it -serves to deliver.l

On the under side of the delivery-slide c is fixed a stop, c6, which, by coming in contact with the front of the box A, limits the outward movement of the said delivery-slide.

d is the aperture or space lin the front of the box A, above the delivery-slide c, which aperture is of a size to allow of only one postcard being drawn ont each time the deliveryslide c is moved or drawn out.

e is the money-slit, formed in a plate, e', which, as here shown, is fastened by screws to a bracket, e2, secured to the inside of the back of the box A, as shown in Fig. 3, andfis the locking-bolt, which vserves to lock the deliv# ery-slide c until a coin of the proper denomination is placed in the money-slit e, when the delivery-slide c will, on an attempt to move it out, be found to be unlocked, and can bev moved out when pulled.

g is a tablet on which is written the word Empty/7 or ils equivalent, and which 'is connected by means of a rod, g', to a lever, q, having a weight, q, at one end, and pivoted to a pin, q2, on a bracket, g3. The rod g is slotted at its lower end, and engages with the end of a pin, gt, projecting at right angles from a lever, g2, the free end of which is bent and passes upward through a slot, c5, in the delivery-slide c, and bearing against the underneath face of the bottom postcard in the skeleton frame or box a, so that when the postcards in the box a khave been exhausted the said'bent end of the lever g'l will move upward, and thereby expose the tablet g to view.

his a slide, which is arranged below the money-slit e, and which, as hereinafter described, is operated to close the said slit when the de- 1iveryslide is pulledvout, or when the postcards are exhausted in the box a.

The top of the box A is inclined, and is divided into two parts, B and B, the part Bbeing hinged, as shown at B2 in Figs. 2'and 6, and the part B held in place by means of a bolt, B3, hinged to the same and passing .through a lug, w', on the partition w, the said bolt being secured by a winged nut, BL. (See specially Fig. S.) The said part B' is further held by screws c3 to the plates e', as shown in Fig. 1. A3 is the money-drawer, which works on guides A4 at the bottom of the box A, a door, A5, being arranged at one end of the said box to allow vof access to the drawer A3.

All the foregoing parts are substantially the same as the equivalent parts described in the specification of the said former Letters Patent.

money-slit e, as clearly shown in` Fig. 3.

itis the jaw or support, tit-ted to the top part of the upright z', the said jaw or support being formed by two angularly.-y shaped pieces of metal, t", one of which is fixed at each side ofthe upright i, the opening in the jaw or support being of a width regulated by the diameter of the coin 1, (shown in dotted lines in Figs. 3 and 8,) required to work the apparatus. The jaw i? forms a support for the coin 1, and is at such a distance below the slot e, through which the coin is introduced, that the coin is allowed to fall just far enough to clear the under side of the top ofthe box A.

jj are the guides on each side of the moneyslit e, and'fixed on the under side ofthe vtop of the box A, the said guides consisting of plates having vertical slots or recesses j', which serve to guide the coin 1 to the jaw 17, and to there i yhold it sidewise. The guidesj are provided on the outside with small stripsof metal, j2, placed across the slots or recesses j, to prevent the coin 1 from falling out sidewise in its descent onto the jaw Z2.

i3 is the spindle carried in the sides of the upright t', the said spindle running behind the coin 1', as shown in Fig.`3.

i* is the finger or trigger with which the spindle 11? is provided, which linger or trigger projects in an upward direction and can be caused to press against the coin 1 in the inanner hereinafter described.

@f5 is the arm or lever fixed to the spindle i, the rod or locking-bolt f being connectedvto or hanging from the outer end of the said arm or lever, and extending downward through a hole, c2, in the delivery-slide c, and into a notch, k, in a bracket, k'. k2 k2 are the rackteeth in thebracket k', which is attached to the frame or box A of the apparatus and forms the lock, and with which teeth the rod or locking-boltf engages, as hereinafter described.

f is a projection on the rod or lockingboltf, and Z is the loose plate on the other side ofthe box or compartment A, and near the lockbolt f and projection f thereon, the projectionf serving, as hereinafter explained, to engage with the loose plate- Z, in which is a slot, Z, through which passes a pin, Z, on a bracket, Z3, fastened to the side of the box A.

The plate Z extends for about the same disport above referred lo, and, being held sidewise by theguidcsj, is there fixed. A little slack is allowed in the notch 7c of the lock,so as to allow of thedelivery-slide being pulled forwarda short distance together with the jaws or supports i2, which will slide under the coin 1, the tinger or triggerl i* on the spindle 3 coming in contact with the coin 1, thereby causing IIS the spindle Z3 to make a partial rotation, so as to raise the arm or lever i5, carrying the locking-boltf, outfroni the notch kin the rack 7c'l below, and to pass the projectionf thereon onto the upper side of the flange Z4 on the loose plate Z. At the same time the lowermost postcard in the box or frame a will be pushed forward by the backing-piece o on the deliveryslide c in a similar manner to that described in the specification of the said former Letters Patent. On moving the delivery-slide c farther out the coin l will be deprived of its support and will fall into the money-drawer A3, and the locking-boltf would move,so as to engage with the rack-teeth of the rack 7c,wcreit not held by the projectionf on it resting on the ilange Z of the plate Z.' Ou the deliveryslide being now moved out to its full extent the purchaser is then enabled to obtain a postcard, and the projectionf on the locking-bolt f will become unsupported, so that in the returnjourney of the delivery slide c the said projection passes under the loose plate Z and engages in the rack-teeth 0f the rack k'. The unlocking arrangement having thus been described, it will be obvious that the choking of the apparatus will be prevented, because any article larger than the coin l is prevented by the size of the slit e from being entered, and any article smaller than the said coin will be too small to be retained in the jaw or support il, and will fall straight through into the drawer A3. Should, however, the jaw or support ZZ, through accident or otherwise, become blocked, the slit e will beblocked and no more coins can be inserted.

m, Figs. 3 and 9, is the drop-plate in the front of the aperture d, and which, in combination with the rack 7c', serves to allow of egress for only one post-card at a time and to prevent more than one post-card being procured for the payment of the one amount or coin which unlocks the drawer. The dropplate m extends across the aperture above the delivery-slide c.

m5 m5 are projecting pieces, one at each end of the plate 1n, and c3 are wedges or inclined surfaces on the deliveryslide c, as shown clearly in Fig. 9, onto which the projecting pieces m5 engage. 4

m and m are the two plates forming the guide, in which the drop-plate on is free to move up and down in a vertical direction. The plates m and m2 are kept a sufficient distance apart by means of bosses or distancepieces m3 on the plate m', the said bosses passing through slots m4 in the said plate m. Its action is as follows: Vhen the delivery-slide c is shut, the wedges or inclined surfaces c3 on the slide c engage with the projecting pieces m5 on the plate m and raise it sufficient] y to allow the passage of the post-card. Vhen, on moving out the slide c', the post-card has passed some little distance under the dropplate m, the wedges or inclined surfaces c3 terminate and allow the plate m to rest on the top of the post-card. On the post-card being The slide h (hereinbefore referred to for closing, by the action of pulling out the delivery-slide, the slitin which the coinis placed) works (sce specially Fig. S) in guides h', fixed to the under side of the top of the box A. The slide h has a pin, hz, xed to'one end and engaging with a slot in the central portion of a lever, n, pivoted at one end to a pin, n', and working at the other end in a slot, i, in a lcver, o. The lever ois pivoted ato', and is formed with two arms or extensions, o2 o", provided at their outer ends with a weight, o, and a roller, o, respectively. On one side of the delivery-slide c is a ledge or strip, c, on which the roller o5 of the arm o3 of the lever o runs when the delivery-slide c is moved to open or close the same. The strip c is of such a length that when the delivery-slide c is shut the roller o5 is caused by the weight o4 on the arm o2 to rest on the slide cv and against the end of the strip et, as shown in dotted lines at Fig. 3. The slide h is then in the position shown in the said tigure and the slit enncovered. Directly the delivery-slide c is commenced to be moved out (when a coin has been inserted in the slit e) the roller 05- is caused to mount and roll on the top of the strip c, thereby moving the lever o on its pivot o' and the lever n on its pivot n', and causing the slide h to cover the money-slit e.

To allow of operating the slide h so as to cover the slit e when the apparatus is eX- hausted of post-cards, I form (see specially Figs. 5 and 8) the rod g',which carries the tablet g, with an inclined portion, g, which is in contact with one end of a double-ended lever, p, pivoted in the center to a pin, p', on a bracket, p2, the other end of the said lever p having a slot through which passes the pin 71. on the slide h. By this arrangement it will be seen that when the box a of the apparatus is exhausted of post-cards and the bent end of the lever gl is thereby caused to ascend through the weight b', (which will then be resting on the top of the delivery-slide 0,) the rod g will be also caused to ascend, and the inclined part g3 will move thelever p onits pivot p', thereby moving the slide h across the slit e and covering the same.

The lever g2 is formed at its free end with a slot, gt, in which is pivoted a bellcranked piece, g5 96, which is formed with one of its arms, g5,narrower than the slot g4, so that it can move freely through the same, while the other arm, g, is prevented from doing so, as it is formed with a head or dat portion, g5, wider than the said slot. The end g6 of the bellcranked piece is heavier than the end g5, so



that the former normally rests on or against the lever g2, while the latter projects out from the slot g4 therein. This piece g5 gs serves, when the box a of the apparatus is exhausted of post-cards, as previously described, to lock the said lever g2 and tablet g (when the bent end of thelever g2 is moved up through the.

weight b) by reason of the end g5 moving onto the solid portion b2 of the weight b', as clearly shown in Fig. 4, the heavier end, g", moving the end ,g5 outward when the latter has been pressed inward in passing the solid portion of the weight.

Instead of the arrangement just described for locking the lever g2 and tablet g, I sometimes employ a suitable spring-bolt adapted to take into a slot in or to pass under the tablet g when the latter rises on the cards being exhausted.

In the part or compartment A2 of the apparatus, in consequence of the position of the tablet g being altered and an extra slide h being required, I have found it necessary to somewhat modify the mechanism for operating the same, videlicet: The tablet g, as shown in Figs. 6 and 8, is fixed to a bar or rod, r, which works in a vertical direction in a bracket, s. Fixed to the said bar r is an extension or arm, r', which projects outward and is bent at right angles, the said arm r supporting alever, t, mounted on a shaft, t', hereinafter described.

rlhe lower end of the bar r is slotted at D, and engages with a pin, u, on one end of a lever, u,pivoted` at ai to the bracket s,the other end of the lever a being jointed to a vertical rod, fu, on which is xed a weight, c. The

lower end of the rod 'u is jointed' to the lever g2, which is pivoted at v2 to a bracket, c3, and works in a similar manner to the lever g2, hereinbefore described when referring to the mechanism in the compartment A. The slides 7L are provided at one end with jaws h3,in which work pins t2, fixed in the outer ends of short levers or cranks t3, mounted on the shaft i.

The shaft t is mounted in suitable bearings, t, on the under side of the top of the box A. On one end of the shaft t' is fixed a lever or crank, t5, jointed at is to a rod, t, carrying a weight, t?. The rod t6 passes down and works through a hole in a bracket, to?, fixed to the partition w,dividing the compartments A and A2 from each other. Thelower end of the rod t bears on the upper surface of the slide c, in front-ofa strip, c", onthe said slide c. rlhe rod t6 operates in a somewhat similar manner to the lever o in the compartment A-that is to say, assuming the delivery-slide c to be shut and the slides h open, as shown in Fig. 6, directly the slide c is moved outward-on the insertion of a coin -in each of the money-slits e,

" cranks t3, the pins tlof which will cause the slides h to cover the slits e. The slides h are closed,when the supply of stamped envelopes,

&c., in the apparatus has been exhausted, by means of the extension or arm r on the rod r,

- carrying the tablet g,being caused bythe lever g2, rod c, and lever u to move upward when the said tablet is exposed, thereby moving the levert, which partly revolves the shaft t and levers or cranks t3, thus closing the slides h. By thus causing the slide or slides h in each part of the apparatus to move directly either of their respective delivery-slides c is pulled out. It will be seen that should an attempt be made to open one of the said delivery-slides for the purpose of extracting either a post-card or stamped envelope, Svc., from the apparatus by means of a knife or other similar instrument inserted in one of the'rnoney-slits e, so that the said knife or the like shall act instead of a coin to form a resistance to the trigger i, the said knife will -be nipped by the slide h, and will thus stop any further movement of the delivery-slide, as the slide h must move over the slit e before the outward movement of the said delivery-slide can be continued. j

At G in Fig. 5 I have shown a suitable air dash-pot xed to the back of the box A, the piston-rod C of which is fastened to a bracket, C2, on the under side of the delivery-slide in the compartment A. The said dash-pot serves to prevent any severe shock or strain being imparted to the mechanism in case the delivery-slide c should be violently moved to and fro. To allow of access to the boxes a in the compartments A or A2, when requiredto replenish the same when exhausted of postcardsor stamped envelopes, tc., I hinge the part B of the lid of the box A, as previously described, and to allow of locking or unlocking the same- I provide a bolt, x, working in guides x on the under side of the part B of the lid of the said box A, which bolt passes through an eye, x2, fixed to the part yB, as shown in Fig. 5. At the other end of the bolt x is xed a pin, w3, engaging with a slot at the end of a lever, x4, which is fastened on one end of a shaft, x5, j ournaled in bearings m, and running along the back of the box A, the other end terminating at the side thereof, a lever, mi, being fixed to the said end. From the lever :t7 hangs a rod, 0;, extending to a point a little below the top of the opening covered by the door A5, and through which slides the drawer A3. By opening the door A5 and pressing upward the rodarS the lever x7 will cause the shaft 005 to rotate the lever x,where`by the bolt x will be withdrawn from the eye x2, thereby unlocking the part B of the lid of the box A.

In each of the skeleton frames or boxes a, I have shown an extra compartment for containing cards or the like on which are printed suitable advertisements, &c., the deliverywidth for the IIC a longitudinal slot, h3. It is journaled in the guides j, and extends along and underneath the slit e. To one end of the rotary slide h is attached a cranked arm, o, having a pin, o5, projecting from one side of the outer end thereof. The pin o5 rests (when the deliveryslide c is shut) in a notch, o", in a bracket, c, fixed on one side of the top of the upright i, and extending beyond the rear of the same, the said upright being here shown of a slightlydiferent shape to that shown in Figs. 3 to S. \Vhen the deliveryslide is drawn out,the pin o5 will be caused to ride out ofthe notch of onto the inclined face o7 of the bracket c4, and a partial rotation of the rotary slide h will be made, thereby closing the slitc. On still further pulling out the delivery-slide c the pin o5 on the cranked arm 0 will be caused to ride up the inclined face 0T of the bracket e4 onto the top thereof, as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 12. In this arrangement I have shown the plate Z provided with raek-teeth Z, the pin f on the locking-bolt f being made of the shape shown in dotted lines in Fig. 10, so as to engage with the said teeth, when the said pin is moved onto the top of the said plate l, by drawing out the delivery-slide C, thereby preventing any backward movement of the said delivery-slide c. In this case I also provide the finger or trigger z'* on the spindle 3 with a backward extension, i, having its upper face concave, as shown, whereby the coin 1 is prevented from dropping behind the said nger or trigger till such time as the pin f has engaged with the rack-teeth ZG on the loose plate Z.

The rod g', together with the tablet g, is placed behind the money-slit e, and the said rod is eonneeteddirectly to the lever g2, the pin git, hereinbefore described, and shown in Figs. 3, 4, 5, 7, and S, being dispensed with. I have also shown the tablet g as not being xed to the rod g', so that if the said tablet be raised or be ixed .in a raised position by any person before the goods in the apparatus are exhausted the rod g and ils connections will not be aiected.

In order to close the slit e when the appav ratus is exhausted of post-cards, I provide the rod g with an upward extension, gf', which is normally situated under the cranked arm o. Vhen, however, the apparatus is exhausted of post-cards, the said rod g' will rise and the extension g will be caused to lift the said cranked arm o, thereby rotating the rotary slide h and closing the slit e.

In order to prevent the delivery-slides from being opened by inserting a knife in the money-slit e, I have shown an upwardly-ex tending arm, 7, mounted on the spindle i3, the end of which arm is formed so that it can move on the underside of the money-slit e. Should a knife or the like be inserted in the said money-slit c' for the purpose referred to, the said arm i7 will come against the knife or the like, and thus prevent any movement of the spindle i", and consequent unlocking of the delivery-slide.

For locking-the lever g2 and tablet g, I have shown a weighted pawl, g", which engages with and underneath a shoulder, g5, on the rod g when the said rod is lifted up to expose the tablet g, the said pawl g7 being provided with an extended part, g, to allow of the said pawl being readily disengaged when a fresh supply ot' cards or the like is placed in the apparatus.

In my improved apparatusno arrangement is provided for returning coins not of the proper denomination, as I do not consider such provision necessary.

I have described and illustrated my improvements as applied to an apparatus constructed for receiving payment for and for delivering post-cards and stamped envelopes containing letter-paper, and have shown the skeleton frames or boxes adapted also to contain and deliver advertisements with the postcards and stamped envelopes; but it will be obvious that the apparatus can be constructed to deliver only one description of article, and that it may also be constructed to deliver other articles than post-cards and stamped envelopes-such, for example, as boxes of matches and packets of cigarettes-and that the provision for delivering advertisements can be dispensed with; also, that the shape and proportions of the containing-case may be varied to suit the particular goods to be stored therein for delivery.

The slide in the construction herein def scribed, whereby the postal-card or other object to be delivered is conveyed toward the delivery-opening of the apparatus, consists in the horizontal piece designated herein by the letter C and the upright piece designated herein by the letter z, as these parts are one and effect the delivery of the article upon the insertion within the structure of a coin of the requisite denomination.

Having now particularly described and ascertained the nature of my said invention, and in what manner the same is to be performed, I declare that what I claim isl. In combination with an apparatus organized to deliver au article of merchandise by the manipulation of a movable part of said apparatus upon the insertion of a coin or token of the requisite standard within a slit or opening provided therefor, a rest arranged beneath the coin or token opening. and constructed to receive and support the coin or token and to release the same upon the withdrawal of said movable part of the apparatus, substantially as set forth.

2. In combination with the delivery-slide provided with a coin-rest normally located beneath the coin-receiving aperture, a lock eooperating with the frame of the apparatus, and a trigger whereby the coin is dislodged upon the forward movement of the delivery-slide, substantially as described.


3. In an apparatus of the Ycharacter herein described, provided with a delivery-slide ar- -ranged to be unlocked upon the insertion within a receiving-aperture of a coin or' token of the requisite standard, the combination ot' a rack constituting a part of the locking mechanism, and a drop-plate arranged above the delivery-opening of the apparatus and co-operating with said delivery-slide to prevent more than one article being procured by the payment ofone amount, substantially as set forth.

4. In combination, the delivery-slide pro vided with inclined surfaces, as shown, dropplate m, provided with projecting pieces, as explained, and a rack-bar and its co operating lock-bolt, substantially as set forth.

5. In combination, the delivery-slide provided With a coin-supporting rest, as t', a spindle located at the top of said support, to which is affixed an arm or lever, which carries the locking-bolt, asf, and the notched bracket l0- cated beneath said delivery-slide, whereby the delivery-slide is locked when closed, substantially as set forth.

6. In an apparatus of the character herein described, provided with a deliveryslide having a coinsupport normally located beneath the coin-receiving aperture, the combination of a trigger mounted on a spindle, as i3, a lever co-operating with said spindle and carrying a locking-bolt, asf, a notched rack co-operating With said bolt, and the slotted plate l, co-op erating with a stud on the bolt f, substantially as set forth. v

7. In combination, slide h, pivoted lever n, two-armed lever o, and connecting mechanism co-operating with the delivery-slide, whereby the moneyslit of the apparatus is automatically closed upon the Withdrawal of said de- 4o livery-slide, substantially as set forth.

8. The slide lz, rod g', with its incline g, and lever p, combined and cooperating with the bent lever g2, whereby the slide h is caused to close the moneyslit when the apparatus is eX- 45 hausted of the goods which it is designed to deliver, substantially as described.

9. In combination, the Weight b', having a solid portion, b2, and slotted bent lever g2, provided upon its end with a pivoted bell-cranked 5o piece, and cooperating with the rod g', lever p, and deliveryslide, substantially as set forth.




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